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Institute for Social, Economic and Trade Union Research (ISETUR)

Address :
2, Angel Kanchev Str.
1000  Sofia


Contact person :
Phone: +359 2 4030214
Fax: +359 2 9873842

Short description

ISETUR has been established in 1995 as a NGO under the Bulgarian Law for Non-profit Legal Entities. It is an unit within the framework of PODKREPA Confederation of Labour (CL). ISETUR's main goal is to create a bridge between PODKREPA CL's needs for expertise and consultancy as a trade union, and scientific research of the socio-economic processes in Bulgaria.

The Institute works on request from the Confederation (studies, statements, pubications) and on project basis and predominantly with temporal experts.

Areas of expertise and competencies

The Institute's main objectives in its capacity of Confederation unit consist of research, analysis and projects’ implementation in economic and social policy, employment policy, industrial relations, labour market tendencies etc.

The ISETUR experts are taking part both in the implementation of the Confederation’ tasks and various events (conferences, workshops, taskforces), projects etc.

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

ISETUR has implemented the following important projects as from1995 onwards:

Collective Bargaining in Bulgaria, ILO Project (1995-1996);
Informal Employment and Self-Employment, Institute for Market Economy project (1996);
Bulgarian Labour Market, Institute of Economics at the Bulgarian Academy of Science project (1997);
Monitoring and evaluation of the EU Programme 'Urgent Social Assistance for Bulgaria' (1997);
Social evaluation of Pernik region, World Bank Social Development Fund Project (1998);
Alternative Employment Plan in the Mono-industrial Coal Mining region -Tvurdisa municipality, project with CFDT - France (1998-1999); Implementation of European standards in facilitating Social Dialogue, PHARE ACCESS Programme (2002);
Anti-corruption practices in Tax Administration System, EU Programme 'European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights' (2003); 'Worker representation in companies in candidate countries: a portentous debate for the future of European Works Councils', ETUC project, 2002;
'European Trade Unions and CSR', ETUC project (2004),
'For a better participation of Bulgarian workers in the organs of information and consultation', EU project.
Project “Workforce and employment – recent tendencies” in the frame of ARTEMIS Program in partnership with Trade Unions of North Greece;
Project on “Training of assistants to provide services to people with disabilities and old people” – partnership with Sofia State University, Municipality of Saarbrucken (Germany), University of Montpellier (France);
Conference “Workforce migration and people trafficking” – in partnership with CITUB and NGO “Animus”- held in Sofia;
Confederation’s project “Support for decent work” in the framework of ESF\BG Operational Program “Human Resources Development”(2010 – 2013): Research on: “Workforce mobility in the EU framework – impact on the adaptability”.

Publications, language, newsletter

So far ISETUR has issued the following publications (in partnership with Friedrich- Ebert-Stiftung):

Individual work disputes and work courts: the European experience and practic (Sofia, 2006)

Regulation of labour remuneration: the experience of the EU countries and Bulgaria (Sofia, 2006)

Wages in the EU countries and in Bulgaria (Sofia, 2005)

The right to strike in the public services' sector (Sofia, 2004)

Trade unions and immigrant workers (FES, Sofia, 2009)

Trade Union strategies to tackle the economic crisis. The role of social protection. – 2009;

Trade union position after the Copenhagen summit on global warming. Trade with greenhouse gases – 2010.

Other networks the institute is participating in

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